‘Walking Dead’ Finale Obliterates Ratings Records

In news that should surprise precisely nobody, “The Walking Dead” once again delivered record-shattering numbers with this past weekend’s season two finale.

Entertainment Weekly has the news, revealing that “Walking Dead” attracted an astonishing nine million viewers to its season finale, “Beside the Dying Fire,” on Sunday night. What’s more: six million of that number was in the key adults 18-49 demo. The result is not just the highest-rated episode of “Walking Dead,” nor is it simply the best-viewed airing in AMC history — it’s “the top-rated show in cable history among the adult demo,” EW reports.

So, uh, I guess that means you guys like zombies?

In other “Walking Dead” news, Robert Kirkman revealed to EW that another character very nearly lost his life before season two finished its run: Hershel, the religious farmer played by veteran Scott Wilson.

“Hershel was originally going to be murdered by Randall in episode 12,” said Kirkman. “So we were going to lose Hershel, Randall, and Shane all in one episode, which I felt was really cool. But at the end of the day we had so much story to tell with Hershel, and he had such a central role in the ensemble, and Scott Wilson is such a phenomenal actor that we felt like it was overkill. So [he] got a reprieve.”

We’re glad he did — seeing shotgun-wielding Hershel on the road (or in the prison) should be pretty awesome. Though now that we know how ready the “Walking Dead” writers were to see Hershel buy the farm (so to speak), it feels like it’s just a matter of time before the poor guy gets put down for good.

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